According to his radio station SuperTalk 99.7 WTN, conservative radio host Phil Valentine died several weeks after battling COVID-19 at a hospital in the Nashville area.
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In a live broadcast at 4:15 pm on Saturday, several of Valentin’s close colleagues and friends announced that they had already had a conversation with Valentin’s brother, Mark. Mark confirmed that the 61-year-old passed away some time ago.
Valentin has been hospitalized for over a month while battling the coronavirus. His family revealed on July 22 that he was “in a very serious condition”, suffering from “novel coronavirus pneumonia” and other side effects of the virus.
A few days later, relatives said Valentine had a fan. Valentine hosted Phil Valentine’s show at SuperTalk 99.7 WTN in Nashville, and confirmed on his Facebook page on July 11 that he tested positive for COVID. He talked about his fight against the virus on the radio show.
“I think I’m on the other side,” Valentine said of the virus, describing the cough, congestion and fatigue that “hurts like shit.”
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And he added: “I will definitely move on, it seems, but not in a straight line … this is just one of them. I don’t want to delay.”
Valentin has previously voiced his disagreement with mask regulations, saying that hospitals will never be in danger of being overwhelmed by COVID-19 patients. He also criticized the virus vaccine and expressed concern for its safety. Phil wants his audience to know that while he has never been a ‘vaccine anti’, he regrets not becoming a stronger ‘vaccine supporter’ and hopes to be able to defend this position more actively after his return. We all hope it will air soon, “his family wrote in his initial statement after he was hospitalized.